I did a shakedown hike (24 hours in a state park) this past weekend to check out my gear.
I determined that my Crux canister stove, Terramar base layer, Wigwam socks, Polar Edge mittens, merino wool Buff and full length Ridgerest pad are all worthy of a trip on the AT in September / October of this year.
I was made painfully aware however that my shelter (tarp) and sleep system (bivy & top quilt)were not up to the 32 degree weather encountered during my 24 hour gear shakedown.
I need to make another quilt with a sewn in footbox and heavier insulation.
What I need in the way of help from this forum is your suggestions, plans, patterns and pictures of MYOG winter tents.
My requirements would be set up with trekking poles, 48" to 54" front height (I don't bend so well anymore ;-> ), 24" or more rear height, 6 to 8 stake setup, enough ventilation to avoid condensation, sewn in floor (bathtub style would be nice), 1.5 pounds max weight and be able to pack down to the diameter and shape of a one liter bottle and a length/height of 18" or less.
I've been looking at the Bilgy Tarp Tent kit at Quest. Any opinions, experience or observations of this kit are welcome. It is the closest thing that I have found fitting my requirements so far.
Thanks in advance for all input, pictures and suggestions.